Italian Shoebox: 1951 Fiat 1400 Convertibile

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This car could be the italian equivalent to the ’50-’51 Ford Custom Convertible, also known as “shoebox”. This car was built by Fiat Carrozzerie Speciali, a Fiat division which was involved in building bodies for limited production cars like this one like, later, the 1100 TV Trasformabile.

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No many of these cars have been built and even less have survived to the last 60 years. This open Fiat is equipped with a inline-four, pushorod 1400 c.c. engine which is not a powerhouse but, on the other side, is die hard.

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This particular car looks semi-preserved: the body benefitted from a new paint (in the original shade) but interiors look original. The seller also says that this car has been sold new in Vila Real, Portugal, where it was a representative of Fiat and that it was used for several years to the last lap at the Circuit de Vila Real. We prefer a contrast between interior and exterior colors but we must admit that this is a very elegant bundle. Find it for sale at €36,500 (today $50,000) here in Vila Meã, Portugal.

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